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I’m a big believer in signs, and I have had a lot of them today.
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I feel so lost most of the time with my 3.5 year old. Am I making the right choices for him? Is this the best therapy for him? By giving in to this demand right now am I avoiding a massive tantrum or am I just creating problem behavior for later? Is he going to have a meltdown if I ask him to get in the car? The list is endless.
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Yesterday we had a really, really rough day. Like one of the worst ones we’ve had in a while. But we got through it. And today was better. Not great, but better.
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This afternoon he wanted me to hold him. He climbed up into my lap and rested on my chest. I sat there thinking how perfectly his little body fit against me. I took a deep breath. It felt so good to snuggle him instead of listen to his screaming and anger. I took another deep breath. Then something happened. HE took a deep breath. I did it again. He did it again. That’s never happened before with us. I’ve modeled a lot of behavior for him, and am constantly trying to find ways to help him calm down and feel secure. Him taking deep breaths with me was just the sign I needed to know that it’s going to be okay. He’s going to be okay. We’re going to be okay..

I’m a big believer in signs, and I have had a lot of them today. . I feel so lost most of the time with my 3.5 year old. Am I making the right choices for him? Is this the best therapy for him? By giving in to this demand right now am I avoiding a massive tantrum or am I just creating problem behavior for later? Is he going to have a meltdown if I ask him to get in the car? The list is endless. . Yesterday we had a really, really rough day. Like one of the worst ones we’ve had in a while. But we got through it. And today was better. Not great, but better. . This afternoon he wanted me to hold him. He climbed up into my lap and rested on my chest. I sat there thinking how perfectly his little body fit against me. I took a deep breath. It felt so good to snuggle him instead of listen to his screaming and anger. I took another deep breath. Then something happened. HE took a deep breath. I did it again. He did it again. That’s never happened before with us. I’ve modeled a lot of behavior for him, and am constantly trying to find ways to help him calm down and feel secure. Him taking deep breaths with me was just the sign I needed to know that it’s going to be okay. He’s going to be okay. We’re going to be okay. ...

When you’re the mom of a child with a speech delay, going out in public can be a very anxiety ridden experience. Often times, when Ashton is approached by another child, he doesn’t know how to communicate. Due to that lack of communication, some times,  the other child walks away to look for another friend to play with. I’m instantly filled with so much mom guilt.
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Is Ashton embarrassed? Does the other child think he’s weird? Are the other parents around judging Ashton? To avoid all of the uncomfortable situations that arise, I just chose to keep Ashton in the house to protect him from the outside world.
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What I didn’t realize was how much I was holding him back by keeping him in the house. How was he supposed to flourish if I didn’t allow him to experience the world? Toddlers can care less what people think about them. So what was the issue? The issue was me.
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All this time I thought I was protecting Ashton when really I was protecting my own feelings. Then I took those feelings and projected my anxiety & insecurities on my baby by keeping him home. By “protecting” Ashton, I was really hindering him from growing. How can he learn how to properly communicate if I keep him in a bubble?
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My husband handles our older boy’s busy schedules so I can focus on Ashton’s speech therapy & exercises. That means, a lot of the time, it’s just Ashton and I. I am so very grateful for my family & friends who have pushed me to be more socially active w/Ashton. My sisters, @bonnielove17 & @z.cash , always encourage me to bring Ashton to the pool/park/etc. It has helped Ashton in the best way.
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This weekend @missnocepr convinced me to bring Ashton to the Sesame Place Road Trip Event. I was nervous but you know what? Ashton had the time of his life. And if he’s happy, I’m happy. So thanks Simona for pushing me this weekend and making me feel so comfortable.
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Mommas that are out there going through the same struggles, it’s time to set our fear & insecurities to the side & start pouring confidence and empowering feelings into our babies. Even just 30 minutes at the playground or a local children’s event- anything helps. After all, a flower cannot blossom without the sun..

When you’re the mom of a child with a speech delay, going out in public can be a very anxiety ridden experience. Often times, when Ashton is approached by another child, he doesn’t know how to communicate. Due to that lack of communication, some times, the other child walks away to look for another friend to play with. I’m instantly filled with so much mom guilt. . Is Ashton embarrassed? Does the other child think he’s weird? Are the other parents around judging Ashton? To avoid all of the uncomfortable situations that arise, I just chose to keep Ashton in the house to protect him from the outside world. . What I didn’t realize was how much I was holding him back by keeping him in the house. How was he supposed to flourish if I didn’t allow him to experience the world? Toddlers can care less what people think about them. So what was the issue? The issue was me. . All this time I thought I was protecting Ashton when really I was protecting my own feelings. Then I took those feelings and projected my anxiety & insecurities on my baby by keeping him home. By “protecting” Ashton, I was really hindering him from growing. How can he learn how to properly communicate if I keep him in a bubble? . My husband handles our older boy’s busy schedules so I can focus on Ashton’s speech therapy & exercises. That means, a lot of the time, it’s just Ashton and I. I am so very grateful for my family & friends who have pushed me to be more socially active w/Ashton. My sisters, @bonnielove 17 & @z.cash , always encourage me to bring Ashton to the pool/park/etc. It has helped Ashton in the best way. . This weekend @missnocepr convinced me to bring Ashton to the Sesame Place Road Trip Event. I was nervous but you know what? Ashton had the time of his life. And if he’s happy, I’m happy. So thanks Simona for pushing me this weekend and making me feel so comfortable. . Mommas that are out there going through the same struggles, it’s time to set our fear & insecurities to the side & start pouring confidence and empowering feelings into our babies. Even just 30 minutes at the playground or a local children’s event- anything helps. After all, a flower cannot blossom without the sun. ...

I feel this with most decisions for my kids, but with my older son it’s usually apparent fairly quickly if I made the correct decision, and if not it’s easily rectified. But with my youngest, this worry and second guessing just churns around in the pit of my stomach as I try to navigate the best services and therapies that will help him the most.
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In short, he has behavior and social emotional difficulties and a significant speech delay and doesn’t quite fall into any one solid diagnosis. He’s done conventional speech and occupational therapy so I pushed to try ABA therapy and we went through a bit of emotional hell to get it.
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I think ABA *could* be great for him, but our current experience has me strongly second guessing this decision.
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The thing is, as his mother, I know him best. I know that he is stubborn AF and strong willed and no, his frustration in life does not solely stem from his speech delay.
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I know that he needs to trust the therapist working with him because if he doesn’t the whole thing is going to be a disaster.
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I know that I love him fiercely and wonder if he’s actually exactly where he needs to be in his life. Maybe the rest of us need to adapt.
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I know that he’s challenged me and changed me in ways that I didn’t know I needed to be challenged or changed. And for that I am forever grateful. Even though everything else is hard AF..

I feel this with most decisions for my kids, but with my older son it’s usually apparent fairly quickly if I made the correct decision, and if not it’s easily rectified. But with my youngest, this worry and second guessing just churns around in the pit of my stomach as I try to navigate the best services and therapies that will help him the most. . In short, he has behavior and social emotional difficulties and a significant speech delay and doesn’t quite fall into any one solid diagnosis. He’s done conventional speech and occupational therapy so I pushed to try ABA therapy and we went through a bit of emotional hell to get it. . I think ABA *could* be great for him, but our current experience has me strongly second guessing this decision. . The thing is, as his mother, I know him best. I know that he is stubborn AF and strong willed and no, his frustration in life does not solely stem from his speech delay. . I know that he needs to trust the therapist working with him because if he doesn’t the whole thing is going to be a disaster. . I know that I love him fiercely and wonder if he’s actually exactly where he needs to be in his life. Maybe the rest of us need to adapt. . I know that he’s challenged me and changed me in ways that I didn’t know I needed to be challenged or changed. And for that I am forever grateful. Even though everything else is hard AF. ...

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart 💗” Phoebe has been working so hard the last few weeks with her physio and I can’t believe how strong she has become. We’ve had some time off from Instagram but we’re back and can’t wait to continue sharing her journey 💗 #ohtahara #ohtaharasyndrome #epilepsy #infantilespasms #disabilities #developmentaldelay #daughter #hero #myfighter.

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart 💗” Phoebe has been working so hard the last few weeks with her physio and I can’t believe how strong she has become. We’ve had some time off from Instagram but we’re back and can’t wait to continue sharing her journey 💗 #ohtahara #ohtaharasyndrome #epilepsy #infantilespasms #disabilities #developmentaldelay #daughter #hero #myfighter ...

Since Sunday I have just had one baby with me! Lucas stayed at grandpas house for a few days and it gave me some time to bond one on one with Bennett. As much as I missed Lucas it was so bittersweet to be able to give Bennett my full attention. I often feel guilty that he didn’t get the same first year of life that Lucas did constantly having me all to himself. I wonder if his development would have been different had I been able to devote my time 100% to him. .
If you have 2+ kiddos do you ever feel guilty for not having the time to completely devote yourself to your other kids like you did with your first? .
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#momguilt #babynumber2 #myhonestmotherhood #fullheartmamas #twoundertwo #motherhoodiscolorful #ig_motherhood #bloggermom #canadianmom #joyfulmamas #simplymamahood #breastfedbaby #11monthsold #developmentaldelay #postpartumanxiety #stressedmom #notonlymama #motherhoodisdarling #momofboys #genderreveal #happymama #junebaby #breastfeedingmom #momlifeisthebestlife #momsofig.

Since Sunday I have just had one baby with me! Lucas stayed at grandpas house for a few days and it gave me some time to bond one on one with Bennett. As much as I missed Lucas it was so bittersweet to be able to give Bennett my full attention. I often feel guilty that he didn’t get the same first year of life that Lucas did constantly having me all to himself. I wonder if his development would have been different had I been able to devote my time 100% to him. . If you have 2+ kiddos do you ever feel guilty for not having the time to completely devote yourself to your other kids like you did with your first? . . #momguilt #babynumber2 #myhonestmotherhood #fullheartmamas #twoundertwo #motherhoodiscolorful #ig_motherhood #bloggermom #canadianmom #joyfulmamas #simplymamahood #breastfedbaby #11monthsold #developmentaldelay #postpartumanxiety #stressedmom #notonlymama #motherhoodisdarling #momofboys #genderreveal #happymama #junebaby #breastfeedingmom #momlifeisthebestlife #momsofig ...

Adelaide's progress report, post evaluation, arrived today.  I'm not going to lie, it's like a punch in the gut when I read her developmental levels range from 5 mos on expressive language to 17 mos on cognition, and everything in between.  Early on,  I read advice from mothers further along in their journey with their children. Many said they wished they hadn't spent so much of their time pushing their children through so many therapy appointments and to focus more time enjoying their little one's childhood. I really took that to heart, particularly because she is one of many children needing our time and attention.  We see the 'built-in' therapy she gets everyday with a house full of kids.  Seeing these scores has me second guessing.  I know Adelaide is more than a list of scores and that she'll get there in her time, but this doesn't diminish my momma worry. Our next step is making a plan to reach new goals with the amazing team at @iceckids 💪🏻Nonetheless, this almost two year old little girl, has stolen our heart.  Words cannot express the magic she has brought to our family✨ 💗✨ #nothingdownaboutadelaide #dsawareness #t21 #takingthescenicroute #welcometoholland #earlyintervention #developmentaldelay #advocacymatters #iamable.

Adelaide's progress report, post evaluation, arrived today. I'm not going to lie, it's like a punch in the gut when I read her developmental levels range from 5 mos on expressive language to 17 mos on cognition, and everything in between. Early on, I read advice from mothers further along in their journey with their children. Many said they wished they hadn't spent so much of their time pushing their children through so many therapy appointments and to focus more time enjoying their little one's childhood. I really took that to heart, particularly because she is one of many children needing our time and attention. We see the 'built-in' therapy she gets everyday with a house full of kids. Seeing these scores has me second guessing. I know Adelaide is more than a list of scores and that she'll get there in her time, but this doesn't diminish my momma worry. Our next step is making a plan to reach new goals with the amazing team at @iceckids 💪🏻Nonetheless, this almost two year old little girl, has stolen our heart. Words cannot express the magic she has brought to our family✨ 💗✨ #nothingdownaboutadelaide #dsawareness #t21 #takingthescenicroute #welcometoholland #earlyintervention #developmentaldelay #advocacymatters #iamable ...

Testing out the new wheels 🚌thanks @3girafas for shipping your old wheels to us! The @pegperego_uk fits all 3 babies and although it’s big it’s really quite light and easy to steer! It’s the first time we’ve all been out together in a while as we had to take the babies to hospital for their review with the paediatrician. Joshua and Olivia are doing really well but Emilia has some delays with her development. She still hasn’t gained strength in her neck to fully control her head which seems to also be affecting development of her vision. We have been referred to a physio and to an ophthalmologist and are hopeful that these things will improve. Delays are common for premature babies and multiples and also she has had a terrible time with her reflux which may have contributed. I took Georgia to @musicbugsuk first and then she went to uncle Daves to play while we went to hospital rather than hanging around trying to behave herself while waiting for us! #newwheels #pegperego #thankyou #hospitalreview #developmentaldelay #musicbugs #babies #triplets #tripletsofinstagram #twogirlsandaboy #identicaltwins #singleton  #multiples #tripletmum #tripletdad #ttccommunity #overcominginfertility #love #bigsister #lucky #staystrong #mummyblogger.

Testing out the new wheels 🚌thanks @3girafas for shipping your old wheels to us! The @pegperego_uk fits all 3 babies and although it’s big it’s really quite light and easy to steer! It’s the first time we’ve all been out together in a while as we had to take the babies to hospital for their review with the paediatrician. Joshua and Olivia are doing really well but Emilia has some delays with her development. She still hasn’t gained strength in her neck to fully control her head which seems to also be affecting development of her vision. We have been referred to a physio and to an ophthalmologist and are hopeful that these things will improve. Delays are common for premature babies and multiples and also she has had a terrible time with her reflux which may have contributed. I took Georgia to @musicbugsuk first and then she went to uncle Daves to play while we went to hospital rather than hanging around trying to behave herself while waiting for us! #newwheels #pegperego #thankyou #hospitalreview #developmentaldelay #musicbugs #babies #triplets #tripletsofinstagram #twogirlsandaboy #identicaltwins #singleton #multiples #tripletmum #tripletdad #ttccommunity #overcominginfertility #love #bigsister #lucky #staystrong #mummyblogger ...

Everyone, meet the newest member of our family - Wizzybug ☺️ Today we went to meet the wonderful people at @designabilityuk - an incredible charity that, among other things, provide these fun power-assisted wheelchairs FREE as part of their Wizzybug loan scheme.

I first became aware of the charity through Instagram, we applied with the support of our NHS physio and just a few weeks later were delighted to hear that our application had been accepted!

Frank was a little tired during his assessment today, but as soon as got Wizzy home he was so excited to get going, and has already been doing doughnuts in the living room ☺️ It’s the first time he’s been able to move independently and I think his little face says it all. He looked so pleased with himself when he realised he was in control, and seems to have picked it up so quickly!! We are so grateful to everyone at Designability and all the generous funders who make this amazing scheme possible. It truly is life changing for families such as ours ❤️ #wizzybug #wizzybugloanscheme #designability #cerebralpalsy #spasticquadriplegia #dystonia #cpwarrior #lifeaftermeningitis #gbsmeningitis #developmentaldelay.

Everyone, meet the newest member of our family - Wizzybug ☺️ Today we went to meet the wonderful people at @designabilityuk - an incredible charity that, among other things, provide these fun power-assisted wheelchairs FREE as part of their Wizzybug loan scheme. I first became aware of the charity through Instagram, we applied with the support of our NHS physio and just a few weeks later were delighted to hear that our application had been accepted! Frank was a little tired during his assessment today, but as soon as got Wizzy home he was so excited to get going, and has already been doing doughnuts in the living room ☺️ It’s the first time he’s been able to move independently and I think his little face says it all. He looked so pleased with himself when he realised he was in control, and seems to have picked it up so quickly!! We are so grateful to everyone at Designability and all the generous funders who make this amazing scheme possible. It truly is life changing for families such as ours ❤️ #wizzybug #wizzybugloanscheme #designability #cerebralpalsy #spasticquadriplegia #dystonia #cpwarrior #lifeaftermeningitis #gbsmeningitis #developmentaldelay ...

If your baby is older than 2 months old and bends his back, moving away from you when you cradle him, or she crosses her legs (like a scissors) when you pick her up from the trunk (under her arms or chest), it may indicate a problem. Talk to your Pediatrician about it
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Children develop at different rates, but there is a general timeline to achieve developmental milestones. You should speak to your baby’s doctor if you notice your baby hasn’t achieved a milestone for several weeks. It may be nothing but if there is a problem, diagnosing it early will help your baby get the right treatment in good time. 
Remember that preterm babies will generally meet milestones a bit later than their peers born at term
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#learning #developmentaldelay #babyat2months #babyat3months #childcare #parenting #warningsigns #babycare #pediatrician #child #baby #motherhood #fatherhood #abhubnitesales #mondyzgoalzebra #dayzsdignnt #profitisamustgp2  #extremebomon9t #XrtmJunejazz.

If your baby is older than 2 months old and bends his back, moving away from you when you cradle him, or she crosses her legs (like a scissors) when you pick her up from the trunk (under her arms or chest), it may indicate a problem. Talk to your Pediatrician about it . Children develop at different rates, but there is a general timeline to achieve developmental milestones. You should speak to your baby’s doctor if you notice your baby hasn’t achieved a milestone for several weeks. It may be nothing but if there is a problem, diagnosing it early will help your baby get the right treatment in good time. Remember that preterm babies will generally meet milestones a bit later than their peers born at term . #learning #developmentaldelay #babyat2months #babyat3months #childcare #parenting #warningsigns #babycare #pediatrician #child #baby #motherhood #fatherhood #abhubnitesales #mondyzgoalzebra #dayzsdignnt #profitisamustgp2 #extremebomon9t #XrtmJunejazz ...

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When your son becomes the literal poster child for early intervention services in the state of Maine. I can’t think of sweeter bookend to our time here. Loden is a prime example of what can be achieved when you intervene as soon as possible when you suspect your child has developmental delays. He also demonstrates the effectiveness of the #nemechekprotocol. Dr. Nemechek says we can expect about a month of catch up per month on the protocol, and a year in, I can testify that Loden is so close to catching up with his peers, it’s just remarkable. I love this boy something fierce. So thankful for the people in our lives who have helped us bring him this far. #developmentaldelay #earlyintervention #earlystartdenvermodel #speechdelay.

When your son becomes the literal poster child for early intervention services in the state of Maine. I can’t think of sweeter bookend to our time here. Loden is a prime example of what can be achieved when you intervene as soon as possible when you suspect your child has developmental delays. He also demonstrates the effectiveness of the #nemechekprotocol . Dr. Nemechek says we can expect about a month of catch up per month on the protocol, and a year in, I can testify that Loden is so close to catching up with his peers, it’s just remarkable. I love this boy something fierce. So thankful for the people in our lives who have helped us bring him this far. #developmentaldelay #earlyintervention #earlystartdenvermodel #speechdelay ...

🎈🎈🎈Birthday week celebrations - origins of NSPOT continued🎈🎈🎈 By the end of 2010, it was time for a change. The business had been operating from Cama House for 24 years, and more room was needed in order to service our clients.

On the 17th January, 2011, the business relocated to its brand new premises at the Broadwalk Arcade, on High Street, Penrith. The business was rebranded to “Nepean Speech and Language Service”. With this move came more space, and our offices increased from 2 to 3, and the introduction of technology and reception! Within a couple of years, further growth resulted in the office immediately across the Arcade being purchased. Two additional speech therapy rooms and an occupational therapy room were built. 
Our Occupational Therapy services were outsourced for a couple of years, giving our families a taste of how great it was to have both Speech and occupational therapy available under the same roof! Unfortunately our OT quickly outgrew our premises and had to move on herself, leaving us without an OT for a year.

During this period, our school services also continued to grow, and we commenced running our very popular school holiday social skills groups.

#speechtherapy #occupationaltherapy #psychology #speechpathology #penrithspeechtherapy #penrithspeechpathology #penrithoccupationaltherapy #earlyintervention #literacy #reading #writing #books #welovereading #phonologicalawareness #developmentaldelay #developmentaldisabilities #receptivelanguage #expressivelanguage #articulation #apraxia #dyspraxia #sensoryprocessingdisorder #grossmotor #finemotor #autismspectrumdisorder 
#nepeanspeechandoccupationaltherapy.

🎈🎈🎈Birthday week celebrations - origins of NSPOT continued🎈🎈🎈 By the end of 2010, it was time for a change. The business had been operating from Cama House for 24 years, and more room was needed in order to service our clients. On the 17th January, 2011, the business relocated to its brand new premises at the Broadwalk Arcade, on High Street, Penrith. The business was rebranded to “Nepean Speech and Language Service”. With this move came more space, and our offices increased from 2 to 3, and the introduction of technology and reception! Within a couple of years, further growth resulted in the office immediately across the Arcade being purchased. Two additional speech therapy rooms and an occupational therapy room were built. Our Occupational Therapy services were outsourced for a couple of years, giving our families a taste of how great it was to have both Speech and occupational therapy available under the same roof! Unfortunately our OT quickly outgrew our premises and had to move on herself, leaving us without an OT for a year. During this period, our school services also continued to grow, and we commenced running our very popular school holiday social skills groups. #speechtherapy #occupationaltherapy #psychology #speechpathology #penrithspeechtherapy #penrithspeechpathology #penrithoccupationaltherapy #earlyintervention #literacy #reading #writing #books #welovereading #phonologicalawareness #developmentaldelay #developmentaldisabilities #receptivelanguage #expressivelanguage #articulation #apraxia #dyspraxia #sensoryprocessingdisorder #grossmotor #finemotor #autismspectrumdisorder #nepeanspeechandoccupationaltherapy ...

The countdown continues...FOUR days left to sign up for the 9th Annual Ice Hounds Golf Classic!

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The countdown continues...FOUR days left to sign up for the 9th Annual Ice Hounds Golf Classic! #AdaptiveHockey #Inclusion #Hockey #Autism #DownSyndrome #ADHD #ODD #Dyspraxia #CerebralPalsy #DevelopmentalDelay #Abilities ...

It’s a TWOsday birthday today for this little biscuit ☺️ Owen entered the world on Father’s Day 2017, a full 2 weeks ahead of schedule and thus began his legacy of doing things on his own time 🕰 Parenting Owen isn’t what I expected, my strength has been tested and my devotion has grown 💪 This boy was meant for great things 🌟 This boy was meant to persevere, this boy will always KEEP GOIN (Owen) 😘
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#epilepsy #birth #seizures #developmentaldelay #specialneeds #disability #infantilespasms #teamowen #owenstrong.

It’s a TWOsday birthday today for this little biscuit ☺️ Owen entered the world on Father’s Day 2017, a full 2 weeks ahead of schedule and thus began his legacy of doing things on his own time 🕰 Parenting Owen isn’t what I expected, my strength has been tested and my devotion has grown 💪 This boy was meant for great things 🌟 This boy was meant to persevere, this boy will always KEEP GOIN (Owen) 😘 . . . #epilepsy #birth #seizures #developmentaldelay #specialneeds #disability #infantilespasms #teamowen #owenstrong ...

I may have wanted to rip my hair out from all the redirection I had to give Brayden, but he did it. And I feel bad that I did get frustrated, because he can not help it. His brain is wired differently. But, the more we practice this the less redirection he will need. Baby steps. .
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#adhdparenting #adhd #adhdmomlife #auditoryprocessingdisorder #sensoryprocessingdisorder #developmentaldelay #momlife #newmath #mathismath #christian #christianmom.

I may have wanted to rip my hair out from all the redirection I had to give Brayden, but he did it. And I feel bad that I did get frustrated, because he can not help it. His brain is wired differently. But, the more we practice this the less redirection he will need. Baby steps. . . . #adhdparenting #adhd #adhdmomlife #auditoryprocessingdisorder #sensoryprocessingdisorder #developmentaldelay #momlife #newmath #mathismath #christian #christianmom ...